What is the most important spiritual discipline? What is the one thing that is paramount when it comes to maturing as a follower of Christ? I believe the Bible is the key. As a follower of Christ, I have discovered that my intimacy with Christ rises and falls in connection with my focus on the Word of God. I’m not saying that it is the only thing that is important, but I am saying that it is most important!
As a pastor, I discovered that the same was true for other believers. Their Bible reading habits had a dramatic effect on their spiritual maturity. Because of this truth, I encouraged daily Bible reading and often encouraged members to read the Bible through in a year. Many Christians have known Christ for decades, yet have never read the Bible in its entirety.
I developed a simple Bible Reading Plan that encourages a person to adopt a daily habit of reading the Bible and leads them through the entire Bible in one year. There are several web-based plans along with printed plans that do the same thing.
If you want to make disciples and see people mature in their spiritual life, the BEST thing you can do is to lead them to read the Bible!